Anyone doing an HD stuff over-the-air?
I've been kicking around the idea of setting up some sort of a media front end in the living room for some time. Either putting something together myself or one of those Media Center PC's. The ready-made Media Center PC's are starting to look very attractive though, so leaning more towards them. Plus, I have an XBox360. (The X360 can work as an "extension" to Microsoft Media PC's.)
I have a closet stuffed with a bunch of fileservers, with about 1.2 TB of total HDD. They are all headless, out of sight and mind, and do nothing except spit out files on demand. (They also crunch Boinc/SETI.) I use them for PC backups, ISO's, MP3's, SD video, ect. Pretty much the standard stuff. Everything works great over-the-air.
HD video? Haven't tried this yet. 1080i (compressed) requires, what, 25 Mbs for real-time streaming? I have a spare Tri-Mode WAP that I could use as client hardware. I tried the WAP out, from the intended location, using a laptop and if 1080i is 25 Mbs, I "think" the pipe is going to be large and stable enough. (802.11a was giving me a slight advantage over 802.11g, so I'll be using 802.11a.)
If possible, I'd like to use the Media Center's HDD as "working room" and the closet fileservers as more "permanent" storage space.
Anyone doing anything like this? Is it possible to stream real-time, or am I just delusional? If not, how close to real-time might be possible? How much buffering? As long as you don't have to download entire files first (they are going to be enormous), I'd be happy.